Current exhibitions

Five piece of charcoal in a row, drawn by Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Fire Season

April 20, 2024 - September 7, 2024

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Canadian artist collective Fire Season presents an exhibition of works from their biennial publication, an edited journal of written and visual sense-making on the topic of wildfires. The exhibition features poetry, visual art, photography, and video installation from contributors to the Fire Season book and archival wildfire materials from the BC Forest Discovery Centre to take a comprehensive and inclusive look at how wildfire continues to impact British Columbia in a kaleidoscope of cultural, political, industrial, and ecological ways.

Amory Abbott
Sara-Jeanne Bourget
Ana Diab
Kerri Flannigan
Jonathan S. Green
Jude Griebel
Colton Hash
Eli Hirtle
Sylvia McKelvie
Andreas Rutkauskas
Kyle Scheurmann
Liz Toohey-Wiese

Curated by Amory Abbott and Liz Toohey-Wiese.

Image: Sara-Jeanne Bourget, Charcoal Ritual III (detail), 2021. 

Painting of masks, by Robert Burke

Masked Identity: Artworks by Robert Burke

April 20, 2024 - September 7, 2024

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Masked Identity focuses on the life and art of Robert Burke, Denesuline (Chipewyan)/Black artist from Fort Smith, NWT. As a residential school survivor of 10 years, Robert knows the power of art. Robert’s art speaks to his life stories that emerge from the various social and political injustices he has experienced throughout his life on systematic, community, and individual levels that have informed Robert’s intricate symbolism. Creating his own elements and symbols, Robert steps out of a defined cultural iconography to construct his own unique style. This exhibition calls viewers in to witness Robert’s artistic and personal transformation as a Survivor who found healing and reconciliation through art.

Curated by Anahita Ranjbar, Curator of Collections, UVic Legacy Art Galleries. 

Image: Robert Burke, Spirit Mask (detail), 2003. 

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tr̓ar̓ iʔ sʕax̌ʷip - interwoven roots

Opens April 2, 2024 - March 31, 2025

Legacy Maltwood Gallery | On on the lower level of the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library
Lekwungen territory

Inspired by childhood memories shared by Elder Jane Stelkia of the Osoyoos Indian Band, tr̓ar̓  sʔax̌ʷip explores the artistic and cultural legacy of a group of sukʷnaʔqinx (Okanagan) youth who attended the Inkameep Day School on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve in the Okanagan Valley during the World War II era. Members of the Osoyoos Indian Band featuring Taylor Baptiste, Jenna Bower, Jordan Polychroniou, Sheri Stelkia, and Dora Stelkia, join Smyth Chair in Arts & Engagement, Andrea Walsh, in an exploration of contemporary photographic/sculptural installation, Indigenous curatorial practice, language revitalization, and creative research methods that deepen our understanding of history, and provide vital points of departure for cultural revitalization and growth. 

Smyth Chair logo, Legacy Art Galleries Logo, BC Arts Council Logo
Image credits: Taylor Baptiste, Osoyoos Museum Society.

Located on campus, First Peoples House displays artwork from the university's collection through rotating exhibitions.


Walking in Spirit: Francis and Beau Dick

March 1, 2024—February 28, 2025 

First People’s House | UVic Campus 
Lekwungen Territory 

Before his passing in 2017, cousins Beau and Francis Dick frequently talked about exhibiting their work together. This exhibition seeks to honour that wish and to foster a deeper connection to their relationship as parallel artists and family.  

Walking in Spirit is an intimate display of serigraphs by Beau and Francis from the late 1970s to early 2000s, that explore the incredible cultural teachings of their artworks. 
Curated by Teresa Sammut with Lorilee Wastasecoot.

Image: Francis Dick, Spiritual Truth, serigraph, 1998.